2016 Poland's 1050 Anniversary of Christianity 2016
POLISH HERITAGE MONTH
"Wow! What a book! The tradition of women's writing that flows out of the work of Szymborska and Anna Swir - the way this mighty tradition turns in the hands of a younger generation from the traumatic history of their country to a poetics of everyday life, of play, and experiment. An absolutely rich and appealing book."
- Robert Hass
Polish Music on WORT!
Thanks to your calls to WORT in support of Polish music, the MadPolKA DJ, Szymon Woźniczka, played again some awesome tracks on October 3rd. Two more shows are scheduled for November 7th and November 13th. For more information, click on those dates or go straight to the PHCwi calendar.
Stanisław Sojka sings Shakespeare
In a single concert in Chicago, Stanisław Sojka (Soyka) performed his greatest hits and a selection of Shakespeare's sonnets regarded by many as the most romantic poems ever written. All 12 sonnets from Sojka's repertoire are available on youtube along with originals in English and masterly translations by Stanisław Barańczak and Maciej Słomczyński.
Staszek Sojka is a jazz and pop vocalist, as well as a pianist, composer and poet. His work encompasses a variety of musical genres including also rock, rap, and reggae. But a big chunk of his carrer was focused on "sung poetry " with specific interest in poems written by Bolesław Leśmian, Nobel prize winner Czesław Miłosz and John Paul II. And it was the Pope who invited Sojka to perform in Vatican his songs composed to the Pope's poem "The Rome Triptych".
With more information about Staszek Sojka available in the PHCwi calendar, the videos above include his interesting rendition of a song that Krzysztof Komeda composed for a popular TV series and begins with an intro solo by Tomasz Stańko, a world renowned Polish jazz trumpeter and improviser.